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29/12/09 Wansfell: Six NFRs kept warm as they dashed up and down this hill. Here's Paul Appleby's report.

first view on the
way back down - Will

29/12/09 Will's December Headtorch Run: Helvellyn: - followed by Wansfell race.

27/12/09 NFR Championships 2009: here are the final results (from Will) after Wansfell (Wansfell results). A big well done to all the winners!

the NFR boys did good
- J. Bennett

27/12/09 Guisborough Woods: "The NFR boys did good! " Philip Sanderson leads home a winning team.

22/12/09 NECAA / NEHRA Fell Running Championships 2009: here are the final results and comments from Keith. Well done all!

20/12/09 Bilbo's Cafe: if you haven't heard yet, the cafe is open! "... We've been open less than a month and the response from fellrunners, cyclists and climbers alike has been awesome..." - Ben Abdelnoor. > more details about the cafe

13/12/09 Simonside Cairns: record turnout and a fine day to race. James Buis (Heaton) takes first place, Karen wins the ladies and Lee is first NFR home.

easy does it - Phil
cool running - Rob
Peter's tree - Pat
marshals & sweepers - Pat

06/12/09 Hexhamshire Hobble: Jill Bennett writes: "... It felt pretty cold at the top of the hill. James Buis (Heaton) came first, Philip Sanderson second, Ian Bromley (Tynedale) 3rd. Lee was 4th. NFR definitely had the first team. Chris Sanderson was the next counter, followed by Dexter. Karen Robertson was first v40 woman."

John Telfer: "... a record turnout (almost 200), with nearly 30 NFRs ..."

mister, can I have the bottoms of me tights back now? - M.Byron
Dave dodges the puddles - M. Byron
a sea of purple & green - J.Bennett
a pot of tea at the end of the rainbow - M. Byron

28/11/09 Will & Steve's November Headtorch Run: the biggest turnout yet, report from Will

22/11/09 Clay Bank West: More from John: "Will Horsley took second place this morning at a muddy and slippy Clay Bank, beaten only by an international orienteer. Eight other NFRs took part in a field of well over 100."

22/11/09 Tour of Pendle: John Telfer writes "Four hardy (or possibly foolhardy) NFRs were part of a 320 record field at a very wet, windy and wild Tour of Pendle today. Lewis Grundy blazed the trail home with John Telfer, Trevor Wakenshaw and Jane Grundy squelching home behind him..."

11/11/09 Guisborough Three Tops: It's a close finish but Phil Sanderson takes the lead at this 2nd race in the winter series.

taking the lead - D. Aspin

07/11/09 Tinto Hill Race: from John Telfer " Will Horsley mixed it with the elite of the Scottish hill running scene and flew home in a superb third place in a near 300 strong field at this end of season gathering of the hill running clans in the hills of Lanarkshire ..." Full report from John

02/11/09 Ultratrail du Mont Blanc: worth the wait, here's Jane Grundy's report of her epic run.

28/10/09 Will & Steve's 2nd Headtorch run: report from Will

28/10/09 OMM 2009:

Elan Valley - J.Duff

22/10/09 Geoff Scott: a tribute from Rob & Pat

18/10/09 UKA British Relay Champs:

start of leg 1 - J. Duff
... and how was the weather? - J. Bennett

18/10/09 Saltergate Gallows: Five NFRs enjoy the Autumn sunshine down in "Heartbeat" country.

close to the start - D. Aspin

13/10/09 Pentland Skyline: Eight more NFRs took on the ups and downs of this tough race at the weekend.

Steve and Gary getting into the spirit - PAppleby

12/10/09 Langdale Horseshoe: Three NFRs took to the Cumbrian fells for this classic race. Report from Dave Johnson.

10/10/09 Alwinton Show Fell Race:
A fabulous turnout of 73 senior runners and about 28 juniors. Phil Green led a minute's silence before the race in memory of Geoff Scott.

... some local guy won the adults' race (well done Nick!)

06/10/09 Geoff Scott:

It is with shock, deep sadness and a great sense of loss that I pass on the news of Geoff's tragic death. Not much detail other than he was found by walkers somewhere along the St Cuthbert's Way at the weekend. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family.

06/10/09 Ian Hodgson Relay:

28/09/09 Whernside: Five NFRs set off from Dent for a grand run out ... Phil 2nd, Francis 8th.

catching up - T. Sanderson

26/09/09 Two Breweries: John Telfer writes: "Lewis Grundy led home the octet of NFR runners in the late summer sunshine in the Scottish Borders today. Dry conditions underfoot were tempered by a headwind throughout (the vagaries of running from A to B) and of course, the final ascent up the ever unforgiving Trahenna Hill. However, when the finish is a brewery inner strength is never far away."

25/09/09 Will's Winter Headtorch Runs No1: Will writes: Twelve runners (and two dogs) attended the first run in Pontburn Woods > more

19/09/09 Simonside Fell Race: a fine day for a fine race. James Buis (Heaton) pips Philip to the finish, whilst Karen storms in as first lady.

rain clouds move away for a sunny start - Rob
arms flying on the descent - Pat

16/09/09 Nick Swinburn (Saab Salomon Outdoor Team) wins at Mugdock Turbo X. More on Chris Upson's Blog | Mud, Sweat and Tears

14/09/09 Ingram Show Hill Race: A victory for the juniors. Brian Robson first senior.

ready to run - P.Green

07/09/09 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: report from Paul Hainsworth

06/09/09 Grisedale Horseshoe: more weekend rain and low cloud, but that didn't stop 14 NFRs enjoying this tough race.

all smiles at the finish - John Duff

06/09/09 Ben Nevis: "The constant rain and a wind chill factor of -3 did not deter a quartet of NFRs from completing the Ben Nevis today. The race was easily won by Rob Jebb. Dave Armstrong led NFR home in 2 hrs 9, with Karen Robertson recording an excellent 2 hrs 14 in her race debut. John Telfer and Phil Green adopted the corinithian spirit of hill running and crossed the line together in around 2 hrs 40" - John Telfer.

smiling in the rain - James Green
Karen slippin' n slidin' down the Ben - Margaret MacDonald

05/09/09 NFR History: The beginning of Northumberland Fell Runners - Ruth Fletcher and Peter Reed recall how it all came together.

02/09/09 Watergate 5k: a few NFRs sharpen up their speed at Lobley Hill. Results on Low Fell RC website. A few photos from Rob

after a quick blast round - Rob

02/09/09 Roseberry Topping: Will Horsley wins and grabs the booty (£100 to a charity of his choice) at this short sharp race in 12mins 29

02/09/09 From Will: Philip Sanderson - by crossing the line in first place at Bellingham on Saturday he not only won the race (and the associated prizes!) but also the MV40 Club Championship title, the NECAA Mens Open title, and the NEHRA MV40 title. And he has achieved that by taking maximum points in two of those championships.

02/09/09 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix: let's hear it for the astonishing success for four NFRs!

Paul Hainsworth (1st UK V50)
Jane Grundy (1st UK LV40)
Peter Moralee
Lewis Grundy (1st UK overall)

Here's a summary from Jane (more to follow)

30/08/09 Arnison Crag Horseshoe: Dave Johnson flew the flag for NFR at this short blast in the Lakes, here's his report.

29/08/09 Bellingham Show: An excellent turnout of NFRs. Philip wins from Will, and Karen the ladies. A family win for the Robertsons as Finn leads the juniors too.

heads down for a fast one - J.Bennett

29/08/09 Cheviots Challenge: A grand day out and an excellent turnout. Not really a competitive event, but Geoff Scott and Paul Appleby (who ran together) are first home on the long run (22 miles) in a highly commendable 3hrs 39 mins.

wonderful scenery - Rob

26/08/09 Sedbergh Hills: John Telfer and Phil Sanderson have a soggy run around. Here's John's report.

22/08/09 Falstone Falcon Fell Race: Good turnout at this fun and testing race. Phil Vincent and Sue Mitchell take the honours.

dash at the start - Pat
cooling off - Rob

17/08/09 The Lomonds of Fife: a steep descent finish for 3 NFRs.

NFRs at Lomonds of Fife - J.Duff

16/08/09 Borrowdale: Five NFRs at this classic race. Aengus McCullough leads the club home.

10/08/09 Glenshee 9: A longer and tougher race at the weekend for Lewis, Paul and John.

NFRs at Glenshee - W.Appleby

10/08/09 Lowther Trail Race: A few NFRs at Lowther.

Lowther Grounds - T.Sanderson

10/08/09 Forest Burn Fell Race: Will Horsley wins and Sue Mitchell continues to lead the ladies home at a hot and busy Simonside Fair.

the heat is on - Rob

10/08/09 Morebattle Games: An enjoyable hill race and plenty to watch at the games for Geoff, Rob & Pat, including a fabulous Battle of Britain Memorial display.

Spitfire banks away - Rob

06/08/09 Gribdale Gallop: Will, Gary and Charlie put in a good show on Tuesday, all in the top ten. Results on the website of Dave Parry's new club, Esk Valley Fell Club

04/08/09 Y Garn Race: Nick Swinburn breaks the long-standing record at this British Fell and Hill Running Championship counter on Saturday. More on Welsh FRA site and Mud, Sweat and Tears

03/08/09 A Brief History of the Forest Burn Fell Race - a report from Bill Tomlinson / Will, including the missing results from 2004 and 2005.

03/08/09 College Valley Hill Race: Organiser Glen doubles up with this excellent new Northumberland race. Iain Twaddle and Sue Mitchell are back for more and take the honours, whilst Michael Telfer and Steph Scott are first NFRs in.

steep start - Rob
Mike Telfer first NFR - Pat

03/08/09 Powburn Show Race: Phil Sanderson holds off Iain Twaddle (Wooler) at this short and fast tournament. Sue Mitchell (Calder Valley) is first lady.

river crossings ... - Pat
... and terrifying descents - Rob

22/07/09 Brecon Fans: The Brecons beckon and Will Horsley puts in a good show at this two-race event. Results, report and photos on Brecon Fans website

19/07/09 Kentmere Horseshoe: two reports on a great day out (results on FRA website):

a familiar pose at Kentmere - P.Appleby

setting off - T.Sanderson

10/07/09 Beacon Hill: Super evening. Back in the driving seat, Phil Sanderson takes the lead, along with Louise for the ladies. A few stumbles meant many did at least have a good trip out!

straight into the climb - Rob

08/07/09 Saltwell Harriers Fell Race: Ben Abdelnoor (Ambleside) and Sarah Lister (Blackhill) take the honours at Stanhope.

start - J.Duff

05/07/09 Chevy Chase: Karen is first lady and Will is first NFR in, but everyone's a winner to get round, especially in that heat!

all set for a hot one - Rob

01/07/09 Maybeck 3 Crosses: it looks like route choice is all important, as Gary Jones finds out at this new North York Moors race. Gary's report. (results on NYM)

28/06/09 Arrochar Alps: a tough race made all the harder in the clag. Lewis leads the way for NFR, whilst a few have to retire.

Team NFR - John Duff

28/06/09 Cheviot 2000: entering as guests, Gary, Scott and Will take on this Cheviot challenge.

21/06/09 Windy Gyle Fell Race: A splendid Midsummer's Day. Philip Sanderson sets a new course record, and yet again Karen leads home the ladies.

road start - S.Matthews

fabulous running - Rob

18/06/09 Kielder Cross Border Challenge Relay: update - short report from Paul Evans on Elvet Striders' website.

14/06/09 Roman Wall Show: ex NFR/Tynedale Morgan Donnelly sets the course record in a field of strong contenders. Karen is up at the top for the ladies.

Results on Tynedale website (results section) | photos / report on Ally MacDonald's blog

10/06/09 LAMM 2009: four NFRs tackle the mountains of Kintail

Paul on Beinn Fhada

5 am dawn call from the piper
photos: J.Duff

10/06/09 LAMM and Blaydon Race: Phil James / Chris Little write

10/06/09 Unspoken NFR achievements: Scouring the results from the month of May, it has to be pointed out what a cracking month Philip Sanderson has had - 5th at Buttermere Sailbeck, 4th at Glaramara and 3rd at Helvellyn - a running flush Philip! Also of note, Gary Jones won the DFR series 2 race at Hamsterley. Keep it up lads!

07/06/09 Yetholm Hill Race: One race a weekend just isn't enough for heroes Gary Jones, Peter Reed and Paul Appleby. Gary is 5th from one end of the results, Peter is 6th from the other end, and Paul and Rob are somewhere in the middle. Adam Ward (Carnethy) wins.

miles of smiles - Rob

07/06/09 Kielder Cross Border Relay Challenge: Will Horsley writes: "A predominantly NFR team of Gary Jones, Lee Bennett, Will Horsley and Paul Evans (see his report on Elvet Striders' website) won the Kielder Cross Border Relay Challenge today. Not sure of margin of victory but it was about 10 mins. Very enjoyable route which involved many undulations despite circumnavigating a lake. Gary was not around for the prizes as he left after his (fast) first leg to do the Yetholm Hill Race ... ". - Will.

06/06/09 Alwinton Fell Race: From John Telfer / Geoff Davis / Phil Green: "Fair weather, dry underfoot and breezy on the tops. Phil Sanderson wins in just over 1hr 34. New NFR Paul Redman has an excellent run. Paul Appleby was 2nd V40, Bernard Kivlehan takes first MV50, Geoff Davis 2nd V50 and Terry Hart first MV60. Claire Bagness of Wooler took the honours for the ladies with Susan Davis 2nd lady ... and Phil Green bumps into next-door-but-one neighbour near Cushat Law! "

  • results and report from Keith
  • photos from young Thomas Green
  • a few photos from Philip's mum
  • another report on Ally MacDonald's Blog

ready to run - T.Sanderson

first 3 NFRs - T.Green

01/06/09 Duddon: "Karen Robertson won the ladies race on Saturday and this to my knowledge is the first person in the club's history to win a Lakeland classic race. Fantastic result!" - Dave Atkinson . Results

18/05/09 Joss Naylor Challenge success for Peter Moralee: 13hrs and 58 mins, and first NFR to complete the Challenge > more from Geoff Davis

18/05/09 Old County Tops: More epic runs as John Duff returns for his sixth running. John's report

17/05/09 Glaramara: A good turnout from NFR and as John Telfer writes: " ... Scoffer even thanked us at the prize giving ceremony as we probably made up about a quarter of the field of 57. Phil was first MV40 (4th overall), Karen was first LV40 (2nd lady overall), Louise 4th lady and Joe first MV70 ...". Bernard Kivlehan and John raced at Fairfield the day before - so did Rob Jebb who won both races!

Results on the new Borrowdale website

seconds to go ...

... and they're off
photos: Lee Bennett

15/05/09 The Fellsman: strengthened by the Highland Fling just a fortnight ago, Jane and Lewis return for another run of this epic 61 mile / 11,000 ft challenge. Report from Jane.

07/05/09 Stuc a' Chroin: John Telfer and Billy Fraser get to grips with this tough race, report from John.

05/05/09 Fossavatn XC ski marathon, Iceland: fellrunning with long skinny shoes? Colin Blackburn's report on Elvet's website

04/05/09 Run Off-Road magazine: from Keven & Stuart at Trailguides. Should be of interest to anyone who enjoys running off-road. Free to download here

03/05/09 Coledale Horseshoe: more photos from Sarah Gibson

perfect visibility at Coledale - S.Gibson

02/05/09 Three Peaks: report from John Telfer

27/04/09 Highland Fling: On Saturday, six NFRs put themselves up for this 53 mile ultra challenge and five managed to complete it [a very well done to all!].

  • Report from Jane Grundy
  • Quote from race director's report "... Peter Reed clearly showed he has a head for heights during the Everest marathon, but it came off second best when he head-butted the A82 at the Carmyle tunnel. To his great credit Peter still finished, bloodied but unbowed ..."

26/04/09 Cheviot Summit: Perfect conditions for breaking the course record ... that is if you don't go for a tumble near the finish! Philip Sanderson did however match the record and Karen Robertson comfortably takes the prize for first lady.

ready to rock ... and maybe roll - T.Sanderson

24/04/09 Hawkshead Trail Race: fun for all the family - a report from Steph

18/04/09 Coledale Horseshoe: "Phil Sanderson up with the elite taking fifth place and first MV40. Over a dozen NFRs turned out in the Coledale sunshine, including John Duff on his return to these shores, on what turned out to be a tough old day of classic Lakeland fell racing typified by 70+ years young Joe Garbarino as he crossed the finish line spouting blood from nose and knee." - John Telfer

sunshine in the Lakes - P.Sanderson

13/04/09 Anniversary Waltz: report from Phil

07/04/09 Borderer Photos: a couple more photos - nasty-looking weather at the start of the race - from new NFR Lee Bennett

a 'full kit' start - L.Bennett

05/04/09 Gisborough Moors: Team prize for NFR lads in an excellent 2,3,4 for Charlie, Philip and Will. And for tough guys Garry, Peter and Phil, yesterday's Allendale Challenge just wasn't enough!

warmed by the spring sunshine - L.Bennett

04/04/09 Allendale Challenge: Garry Owens ("The first pensioner to win the Allendale Challenge" - Peter Reed) and Karen Robertson lead the field on this 20th running of the event.

29/03/09 Doctor's Gate: glorious spring sunshine at Hamsterley, and what looks like a grand turn out at this Championship race. This time, Philip Sanderson gets the better of Will, and Karen Robertson leaps to the fore for the ladies.

  • results from Gerry Hehir
  • a few photos courtesy of Philip's mum
  • action photos taken by Dave Robson

all lined up for battle, and the thought of it makes Will weak at the knees - P.Sanderson

22/03/09 Brough Law: A good turnout. Top runs from Will Horsley and Phil Sanderson at the front, but Will storms ahead to reset the course record, and Claire Bagness is right up front for the ladies. Impressive run from young Will Marshall (Wharfedale) too - 4th overall.

Stiff climb at the start - P.Dunn

... but it's a breeze for Will who blows the record on a windy day - P.Dunn

08/03/09 Kielder Borderer: Philip Sanderson wins, and Helen Jackson (Bingley) 1st lady in this Northumberland classic. Phil James writes: 45 runners braved the wind, sleet, snow, hail, freezing winds and boggy conditions (and that was just in the car park).

the winner in action
- P.Green

all smiles at the finish
- W.Horsley

01/03/09 High Cup Nick: A big well done to Karen, first lady, and Phil S (9th) in an impressively led field. 14 NFRs amongst 141 runners scrambled up the Nick in low-lying cloud, thus unfortunately robbed of the magnificent views again (news courtesy of Will & John T). Results on FRA site

24/02/09 Kielder Borderer Recce No. 2: Having missed the first recce, Scott, Jamie and Paul set off on a second. Photo report from Scott Gibson.

Scott and Jamie at the Kielder Stone - photo: Scott

23/02/09 Wanaka Skyline Challenge: following endless tramps around New Zealand [;)], John Duff picks up the pace and enters this Mountain Race. Report - now with photos courtesy of Hannah Booth.
Ascending Mt. Roy
- photo: Hannah Booth

23/02/09 The Northumbrian: There's an article about Northumberland Fell Runners in the current issue (No. 108, on sale now). Written by the magazine editor with input from Phil Green, Peter Moralee and Peter Reed. The Northumbrian website

16/02/09 NAV4 Symposium: Jamie Wilkinson learns from the masters on this training weekend. Here's his report.

15/02/09 Carnethy 5: A record turnout with lots of fun in the snow. North-of-the-Border NFRs Billy Fraser and John Telfer lead 6 other NFRs home.

  • Report from Phil Green
  • Report by Colin on Elvet Striders' site with a link to some nice photos by Dougie Nisbet
  • Results and superb photos on SHR | Carnethy HRC websites

ready to run hills - photo: Phil G

11/02/09 Wadsworth Trog: a long tough run in the snow and cold: report from John Telfer

03/02/09 Kielder Borderer Recce: a chilly outing for 12 brave souls - here's a report from John Telfer

26/01/09 Devil's Burden Relay: NFR's Billy Fraser teamed up for this race gathering in the Lomond Hills. Billy's report

25/01/09 Black Hill & Beck: Phil Sanderson writes: Nick Swinburn wins by 5 mins, storming run from Scott Gibson with Dave Atkinson not far behind.

21/01/09 Lamb's Longer Leg: report from our new NFR, Jon Robinson.

07/01/09 Winter Old Crown Round: Paul, Louise and Dave started the New Year in style with this winter challenge. Report from Paul Hainsworth. Lots more photos from Paul.

photos: Paul Hainsworth

07/01/09 Aykley Heads Night Run: short report from Rob

07/01/09 Glen's Five Mile Charity Run / Walk at Wooler:

  • results and photos on Wooler RC website here
  • more photos sent in by Will

01/01/08 Hill Forts and Headaches: Great start to the New Year, with a record turnout. Philip Sanderson wins the men's and Katherine Davis wins the ladies'.

Philip strides out - Pat

Beacon Hill finish - Rob
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